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Funderland! The Best Day Trip You Haven’t Heard Of

Have you ever heard of Funderland? I hadn’t either, much less ever been there. But after our first accidental trip there, it’s now one of our top picks for a fun and easy day trip from Reno.

You may not have ever seen Funderland Amusement Park, but you already know exactly where it is – really! Family trips to the Sacramento Zoo and Fairytale Town were regular occasions when I was growing up here in Reno – and that same beautiful area of Sacramento is where you can find this little amusement parked tucked away behind gorgeous mature trees in the southwest corner of William Land Park.

Funderland is clean and well-maintained, with lots of little nods to Disneyland throughout. The difference is that everything has been scaled down to size for kids ages 2-5. Even the amusement park itself is big enough to explore, but not so big that it’s overwhelming. Don’t miss the train, carousel, log ride, crazy cups and a few more tamed-down roller coaster style rides.

The Red Baron airplane ride at Funderland.
The Red Baron airplane ride at Funderland.

Ticketing and prices are also super simple at Funderland: one ticket per rider on all rides. That means the three of us can enjoy 10 rides together – which is plenty of time to have fun before meltdowns set in. We’ve found the best deal for us has been the Family Fun Pack of 30 tickets for $39.95.

Bonus: tickets never expire, parking is free and you can even bring in your own food and drinks for a picnic. If not, the amusement park fare at Funderland Café is pretty tasty – and they offer up some of the best sno cones we’ve ever had!

Funderland is open Monday through Friday, 11am-5pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 11am-6pm through October. For directions, details on special events at the park and more, visit www.FunderlandPark.com.

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About Annie McFarland

Annie McFarland
Happily married to her former neighbor, Annie is mom to three kids age four and under. She (mostly) balances life at home with working full-time in brand and media licensing. Off the clock, you can find Annie on the couch with her nose in a book (or pressed up against the Kindle), thinking about maybe doing some scrapbooking, or listening to NPR podcasts (she's what you call "indoorsy"). If it's football season, she will faithfully support her Southern husband by cheering on the Auburn Tigers and Atlanta Falcons.

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